DEAN MARTIN CONVICTED
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Dean Martin (DOB 04/27/68) of 23 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, New York, was convicted today after a jury trial on 26 counts that charged him with:
· eight counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies,
· eleven counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, class “E” Felonies,
· three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, class “A” Misdemeanors,
· one count of Forcible Touching, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
· three counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree, “B” Misdemeanors,
The defendant, a computer teacher at Saunders High School, a City of Yonkers Public School, over a four and one half year period between September 11th, 2006 and January 27th, 2010, on multiple occasions, logged on to the school’s computer system and accessed the academic records of a number of students.
As the SASI (Student Administrative Student Information) administrator, the defendant had unfettered access to the transcripts and attendance records of all students in the school.
The defendant changed student’s grades and Regent test scores to reflect higher grades than were actually achieved by the individual students.
The defendant also adjusted the attendance records of other students erasing absences from their official transcripts, to aid in gaining their trust, isolate and molest them.
“This defendant used his position as a teacher, authority figure and mentor to coerce students under his charge. In exploiting his ability to adjust grades, test scores and attendance, he compelled and manipulated students into visiting him outside of class, solely to fulfill his own agenda with no regard to what his actions would have on these students or their classmates,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the defendant ‘s conviction. ”The jury, in convicting this defendant, saw through the excuses and rationalizations for his actions and have now held him accountable.”
The defendant was remanded.
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The defendant faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lopez, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau are prosecuting the case.